Coolest book review website ever!

Dustin from Smarter Everyday just tipped me off to the coolest book review website ever. Dustin’s friend created a website called Call Me Ishmael (which is the opening line in Moby Dick) where he gives out a phone number that goes straight to voice message. People are encouraged to call and leave a review of their favourite book and here’s what he does with their voice messaged review:

This is an amazing and creative idea that people are finding delightfully fun. Check it out and leave a message of your own. 774.325.0503.

How can ministries use this idea?

Now, here’s a thought. How can you take this idea and create something awesome with the help of your ministry’s website? How can you use this idea to reach out to people, create conversations, and make it fun while fulfilling needs? You don’t have to create phone number just for this purpose, because there’s a free service that already does this and it easily integrates into your website. It’s called SpeakPipe.

When you embed SpeakPipe into your website visitors will be able to leave a voice message without even using a phone. Then you can download that message, edit it in a free program like Audacity, make it into a video like Ishmael does, or use it in any number of other ways.

You can get testimonials or prayer requests or feedback or make it into something fun like Ishmael has done. You can ask a question like, “Tell us your conversion story.” Then take their messages, transcribe them and place them in a video and post it on your website. Things like these can have a powerful impact on your visitors.

Here’s an example of how SpeakPipe works:

First, the question:

Tell me a story of how a church website had a positive affect on your life. (Leave a voice message below)

Next, set up some boundaries (this isn’t necessary):


  • Keep your message to under 90 seconds
  • Be sure to include your name and where you are from
  • Include the URL of the church website that had a positive impact on your life (e.g. “”)
  • FYI: Your message may be used in a video to inspire others

Finally, embed the SpeakPipe code into your webpage:

Leave a voice message

To get your SpeakPipe code simply visit and create a free account. Then follow the instructions. It’s pretty straight forward.

There is some amazing potential in this idea that I hope you take advantage of.

P.S. My question is real. If you have a positive story to share about a church website (and it could be your website), go ahead and leave me a message. I might use it in an upcoming video post.

P.P.S. If your ministry doesn’t have a website yet, don’t worry. I’ll be helping you with that pretty soon. You might want to subscribe so you don’t miss out.

Question: Can you think of other creative ways to use SpeakPipe in your ministry? You can leave a comment by clicking here.